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    James Madison Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.75" x 9.75", Montpelier [Virginia]; September 22, 1831. Pencil annotation to recto of document indicates the letter was addressed to a T. W. Griffith of Baltimore. It reads in part: "I have recd. Sir your letter of the 16th with the printed observations inclosed. I feel the respect due to the friend's sentiments it expresses; but must decline the take you mark out for me. If I had not already had occasion to make public my general views of the power of Congress on the subject of encouraging manufacturers & the general principles which ought to regulate the exercise of it. I might now plead my great age with the addition of a severe attack of Rheumatism, as requiring me not to enter that field of controversy. I cannot doubt that this application will be satisfactory, and I beg you to accept the offer of my respects & my good wishes." Signed, "James Madison."

    Thomas Waters Griffith was the author of Sketches of the Early History of Maryland and Annals of Baltimore, published in 1821 and 1824, respectively.

    Condition: 1" closed tear at bottom margin crease. Pencil notations to recto. Toned from age with minute foxing. Smoothed folds.

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